Clifton Kirkpatrick

Dr. Clifton Kirkpatrick
Address1044 Alta Vista Road
Louisville, KY 40205

Visiting Professor of Ecumenical Studies and Global Ministries, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Clifton Kirkpatrick, who served as Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) from 1996 to 2008, is president of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and president of the Calvin Jubilee Patronage Committee.

In January 2009, Dr. Kirkpatrick will begin teaching up to two courses per year at Louisville Seminary in areas of his expertise: including the ecumenical church; the global church; Presbyterian polity and governance; the history, ministry, and mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.); congregational leadership and ministry; and practical theology.

Dr. Kirkpatrick’s appointment will run three years and will also allow him to offer his services in Doctor of Ministry degree seminars and in Lifelong Learning events, which address the ecumenical and global church, middle governing body leadership, and church leadership.

As Stated Clerk, Dr. Kirkpatrick was responsible for interpreting the denomination’s Constitution, promoting the unity of the Church, conducting the sessions of the General Assembly, and preserving the historical records of the denomination. For twelve years, he communicated the actions of the Assembly and represented the denomination among worldwide organizations of religion, peace, and faith. Previously, he served 15 years as Director of the Worldwide Ministries Division, where he led the Presbyterian Church’s ministries in the United States and in more than 80 other nations in the areas of evangelism, education, health, world service, and development.

In addition to numerous published articles, he is the author of Is There a Future for the PCUSA?(Presbyterian Publishing Corporation, 2008) and co-author with Louisville Seminary alum William Hopper of What Unites Presbyterians: Common Ground for Troubled Times.

In addition to extensive service to the wider church, Kirkpatrick served on the Council of Presidents, United States Chapter of the World Conference on Religion and Peace; as a member of the advisory committee for Americans United for Humanitarian Trade with Cuba; and as chair of Successful School Age Youth Community Investment Team and member of its cabinet.

Areas of Interest

Ecumenical Studies; Global Ministry

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